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Thursday, April 22, 2021

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The Fokas method and its application to certain linear and nonlinear PDEs, Part II
Fudong Wang
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Thursday, April 15, 2021

No seminar this week — Spring Break.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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The Fokas method and its application to certain linear and nonlinear PDEs
Fudong Wang
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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The Fokas method, also called the unified transform, is a recently developed algorithmic procedure for studying certain boundary value problems for linear PDEs (e.g., the Laplace equation over a triangle region) and for certain nonlinear integrable PDEs (e.g., the nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equation in the half-line/finite interval). The method includes three steps: (1) constructing a Lax pair, (2) simultaneous spectral analysis, and (3) global relation analysis. We will mainly focus on discussing three examples: (1) two-dimensional linear PDEs in a convex polygon, (2) the NLS equation on the interval, and (3) the NLS equation on the circle.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

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The Whitham modulation theory for water waves
R. Sadat
Department of Mathematics
Zigzag University
Egypt
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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We will show a brief note about the Stokes waves, the physical effect of the changes in the mean velocity and the mean height, the modulation equations, and the Stokes waves on multimedia, and lastly, we will talk about the KdV equation from the Whitham modulation point-of-view.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

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Application of the modulation theory to nonlinear optics, Part II
Mohemad Reda Ali
Faculty of Engineering
Benha University
Egypt
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Thursday, March 18, 2021

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Application of the modulation theory to nonlinear optics
Mohemad Reda Ali
Faculty of Engineering
Benha University
Egypt
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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We will discuss the modulation theory in the field of nonlinear optics. Particularly, we will consider one-dimensional modulation equations, study two different types of basic beam equations: focusing and thin beams, and analyze higher-order dispersive effects.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

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Group velocities, instability and higher-order dispersion, Part II
Melike Kaplan
Kastamonu University
Turkey
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Thursday, March 4, 2021

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Group velocities, instability and higher-order dispersion
Melike Kaplan
Kastamonu University
Turkey
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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We will talk about the modulation equations and their solutions through the average variational principle, and classify the equations and determine stability conditions based on group velocities. Higher-order dispersive effects will also be examined to explore the important differences between linear and nonlinear theories.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Multi-phase mode analysis for nonlinear dispersive waves
Fudong Wang
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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We will simply discuss Whitham’s average Lagrangian method for single-phase mode analysis of dispersive waves in the nonlinear Klein-Gordon equation. Then we will introduce Luke’s perturbation scheme for the same problem. Finally, we will talk about how Ablowitz and Benney generalized the methods to cases of multi-phase modes. All those approaches are essentially a version of the WKB method for nonlinear dispersive equations.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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Nonlinear dispersive wave equations and the variational method, Part II
Nadia Cheemaa
Minhaj University
Pakistan
9:00pm–10:00pm
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

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Nonlinear dispersive wave equations and the variational method
Nadia Cheemaa
Minhaj University
Pakistan
9:00pm–10:00pm
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We will discuss nonlinear dispersive wave equations and particularly, explain how periodic wavetrains can exist in a nonlinear Klein-Gordon equation, with a discussion on the variational approach to its modulation theory. Moreover, a description of the variational principle for multiple-phase wavetrains is presented in detail.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

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The nonlinear theory of water waves
Solomon Manukure
Florida A&M University
9:00pm–10:00pm
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We will discuss how dispersive effects may be incorporated into the shallow water theory. In particular, we consider how nonlinearity affects dispersive waves. Two nonlinear wave equations, namely the Boussinesq and Korteweg-de Vries equations, will be derived. We will also discuss some special solutions such as solitary and periodic wave solutions.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

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Linear theory of water waves
Ahmed Ahmed
9:00pm–10:00pm
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Linear theory of waves has been a fascinating subject to study because its associated mathematical problems are familiar real-life phenomena. We will talk about the linear theory of waves by considering an inviscid incompressible fluid (water) moving under constant gravitational field. Equations of water waves will be linearized, and the dispersion relations will be obtained for waves on an interface between two fluids and under surface tension. The formulation of the initial value problems and the behavior of water waves in various depth will also be presented.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Wave Patterns
Alle Adjiri
9:00pm–10:00pm
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Wave patterns present many interesting phenomena. Those phenomena can be mathematically and physically studied by the dispersion relation of the waves. For instance, capillary waves and V-shaped waves known as the Kelvin wedge will be discussed. These waves show different behaviors on shallow water, deep water and thin sheets.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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Linear dispersive waves
Wen-Xiu Ma
9:00pm–10:00pm
Zoom Meeting

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We will talk about linear dispersive waves and their corresponding dispersion relations. General solutions are formulated by Fourier integrals and their asymptotic behavior is determined by the method of steepest descents. Group velocity is linked to propagation of wave number, amplitude, and energy. The variational approach and asymptotic expansions are adopted for analyzing the conservation of wave action, extendable to the cases of nonuniform media and nonlinear wavetrains.